At 41 years old, Vincent Jackson has this physical status:
Vincent Terrell Jackson (born January 14, 1983) is a retired American football wide receiver who played for 12 seasons in the National Football League.
In the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft, he played college football at Northern Colorado and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers.
He has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jackson was named to the Pro Bowl three times and over 1,000 receiving yards six times in his career.
Jackson attended Widefield High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was a first-team all-State honorable Mention as a senior and a first-team all-conference pick. He was also a standout in basketball. Jackson was accepted to Columbia as a straight-A student in high school but decided to attend University of Northern Colorado on a partial scholarship to play both basketball and football.
Both of Jackson's parents served in the United States Armed Forces. Through the 'Jackson in Action' Front Row Fans section at Raymond James Stadium, he sponsored military families at every Buccaneers home game.
In November 2012, Jackson spoke to students at Northwest Elementary about the benefits of physical education, earned a $10,000 Play 60 grant, and led students through a physical education class to congratulate the winners of the Play 60 Super School competition.
Jackson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of South Florida in 2016.
Jackson attended the University of Northern Colorado and played for the Northern Colorado Bears football team from 2001 to 2004. He was one of the few colleges that sought out Jackson out of high school. Jackson, one of the few true freshman players to play for Northern Colorado, received All-American recognition as a punt returner, scoring the first time he ever touched a ball on a punt return against Adams State College. He became Northern Colorado's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards (game and season), kick return yards, punt return yards, and receiving touchdowns. His senior season was highlighted by a 13-catch, 249-yard, three-touchdown victory over Florida Atlantic. Among other, game, season, and career records, Jackson holds the all-time record holder in receiving yards and yards per catch. Jackson played for two seasons with Northern Colorado in basketball and led the team in scoring both years.
The San Diego Chargers selected Jackson in the second round (61st overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft (the highest ever by a Northern Colorado graduate).
In 2005, Jackson got off to a rocky start due to injuries. He was inactive for the first five games of the season and then saw his first NFL action against the Oakland Raiders on October 16. On November 6, Jackson took his first pass against the New York Jets, but he will only have two more passes for the remainder of the season.
In a victory over the Tennessee Titans on September 17, 2006, Jackson scored his first NFL touchdown. Jackson made the Chargers win over the Seattle Seahawks in their Christmas Eve game against the Seattle Seahawks. With 29 seconds remaining, quarterback Philip Rivers threw a touchdown pass to Jackson, and the Chargers finished the game 20–17, a franchise record for wins. Jackson finished the season on a high note and finished second on the team with six touchdown catches.
Jackson almost made one of the most bizarre plays in recent football history in a 2006 match against the Oakland Raiders. Jackson erupted and spun the ball forward in celebration after making a 13-yard catch on fourth down. Since Jackson had fallen on his own and wasn't tackled, the Raiders cornerback Fabian Washington thought it was a fumble and leapt upon the ball. Possession was initially awarded to Oakland, but the Chargers were then suspended for an unlawful forward pass and were allowed to keep the ball.
Jackson started the 2007 season as a starting wide receiver for the Chargers, despite the fact that Keenan McCardell was released and an injury to Eric Parker. In a home game against the Chicago Bears, he started the season in an unmemorable manner by dropping a sure touchdown that bounced off his chest in the end zone. However, Jackson had established himself as a top target for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers by the end of the season.
Jackson had 59 receptions, seven touchdowns, and 1,098 yards in 2008, his highest output in a career career. He was the first Chargers wide receiver to have 1,000 yards since 2001.
Jackson had a good season as a pro, but he had a much better one during the 2009 season, when he finished with 68 receptions and led the team in receiving with nine touchdowns and 1,167 yards. Jackson made a 37-yard tackle against the New York Jets on January 17, 2010 in divisional playoff games. Jackson received an unsportsmanlike conduct foul for tossing the challenge flag, which cost the Chargers 15 yards (the game was upheld). Jackson will win with seven receptions for 111 yards, becoming the first receiver of the 2009 NFL season to play 100 yards on the Jets All-Pro cornerback and future Buccaneer teammate Darrelle Revis.
Jackson was arrested on March 2, 2010 for driving with a revoked license. Following a traffic stop just a few hours before the Chargers' playoff loss to the New York Jets, he was handcuffed briefly and his vehicle impounded. Jackson was banned from playing loud music due to his loud music. He was suspended for driving with a revoked license and expired tags.
As an alternate, Jackson was selected to his first Pro Bowl during the 2009 NFL season. Jackson had a good showing in his first Pro Bowl appearance, receiving seven receptions for 122 yards, including a 48-yard catch and a touchdown.
Jackson had been suspended for three games for breaching the league's personal conduct policy, according to the league's website on July 1, 2010.
Jackson returned in week 11 of the 2010 NFL season after missing out the first ten games. Jackson had a career-high three touchdowns and 112 yards against the San Francisco 49ers in week 15, leading to a 34-7 victory. He had 14 receptions and 248 yards on the season, finishing the season with 14 receptions and 248 yards.
The Chargers branded Jackson on February 15, 2011.
A lockout occurred between March 11 and July 25 during the 2010 season of labor disputes between league owners and players. Jackson was one of ten defendants in the Brady antitrust case against the NFL, which included celebrity players such as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and 2010 holdout Logan Mankins. Initially, ESPN's Adam Schefter announced that Vincent Jackson needed to be paid either in the shape of $10 million or to become an unrestricted free agent. Jackson denied allegations that he had requested compensation, but he disclosed his involvement in the Brady vs. NFL lawsuit on July 23. Jackson's decision to deny himself an unrestricted free agency and/or financial compensation helped speed up the completion of the new labor agreement. Under the new NFL CBA, Jackson's Franchise Tag was suspended.
Jackson signed non-rookie free agents on July 29, 2011, keeping him a Charger. Jackson received only $583,000 in compensation for his participation in the final six games of the season due to his contract holdout during the 2010 NFL season. Jackson's 2011 season was about $11.4 million, almost 20 times more than the previous season. Jackson set a personal record of 141 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers in week nine. He had 60 catches for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns on the season. He was named as an alternate for Wes Welker in the Pro Bowl.
Jackson became a Restricted Free Agent for an additional year when the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement came to an end, prompting the Chargers to use a one-year, $3.2 million tender. Rather than aiming for a long-term contract, Jackson was ruled out of training camp. The Chargers cut his tender to $583,000 for remaining out, or 110% of his salary for the 2009 NFL season, despite that.
The Chargers placed him on the Roster Exemption List on August 20, 2010, indicating that he would face a three-game suspension if he had agreed to a long suspension. The National Football League Players Association negotiated an agreement in which, if Jackson was traded by the Chargers by 4 p.m. on September 22, he would have instead been suspended on the Commissioner Exempt List, totaling six games of suspensions (three for pleaded guilty to drunk driving and three for being on the roster exempt list) instead of four. There was no agreement that was made. The deal also stated that he could be traded two days before the NFL trade deadline, but no one responded in time. Jackson called off his hold-out and signed the one-year contract on October 29, 2010. So that he would be an unrestricted free agent in 2011, he has until October 30, 2010.
Jackson signed a five-year, $55.55 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on March 13, 2012. Jackson was named a team captain on September 7, 2012. Jackson set multiple Buccaneer records against the New Orleans Saints on October 21, including the longest reception and longest play from scrimmage in Tampa Bay (95 yards) and the most receiving yards in a single game (216 yards). Jackson was selected to his third Pro Bowl to replace Calvin Johnson, who was injured.
Jackson finished the 2012 season with career-highs in receptions (72) and receiving yards (1,384).
Jackson was selected as one of the 2013 team captains on September 5, 2013. Jackson scored his first touchdown since December 2012 in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 13, 2013. He had nine catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Jackson had multiple touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons this week, as well as eclipsing the 100 yard line for the second week. Jackson was one of the few bright spots on a football team in disarray at the end of a 4–12 season, compiling 78 catches for 1,224 yards and seven touchdowns.
Since the arrival of rookie wide receiver Mike Evans in 2014, Jackson's catches and yards decreased. Until the trade deadline, Jackson was also at the center of trade rumors, but the deal was not signed. For the sixth time in his career, he finished the 2014 season with over 1,000 yards. Mike Evans, a quarterback for the first Buccaneers, and quarterback Mike Evans became the first Buccaneer pair to catch more than 1,000 yards. In a game against the Chicago Bears, Jackson surpassed 8,000 yards in his career.
Jackson's numbers dropped even more during the 2015 season, with injuries and inconsistent play resulting in Jackson's fewest catches (33), yards (543), and touchdowns (3) since moving to Tampa. Jackson was put on injured reserve on December 30, 2015, snapping his season.
Following a knee injury in Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers, Jackson was placed on injured reserve on October 18, 2016.
On May 17, 2018, Jackson announced his retirement.
NFL career statistics
During Tampa Bay's October 21, 2012 game against the New Orleans Saints, Jackson set a new Buccaneers record for receiving yards in a single game (216) and the longest single reception (95 yards).